"Snow so heavy we’d be without electricity for weeks"

Posted by | January 11, 2007

Hemlock, WV was once a booming town that boasted two school houses, a post office and a general store. Today, only a few homes and the Mt. Olive United Methodist Church remain.

According to Hemlock area resident Stacy Hinkle, the rough winter weather may have been why many Hemlock natives moved away. “It was pretty rough going with the snow and the higher elevation,” she said, noting that some moved far away and others went just over the mountain to Tallmansville.

http://spec.lib.vt.edu/imagebase/palmer/full/ep472.jpegTech Tags: appalachia appalachian+culture appalachian+history

3 Responses

  • Connie Mantz says:


    During my search I have come across your Hemlock history of a booming general store and Post Office. My grandparents owned and lived in the home behind the store during the 80s & 90s. they were Murl and Lydia Tenney. Their move was from only a mile or so away. (old Tenney homestead past the Carpenter school) I recall mention of the available indoor plumbing being a big motive deciding to move. Also, for some strange reason they must of thought that they wouldnt be as snowed in!! The store was eventually torn down. I have been told That the previous owners were Nuzum Garlow, and first originally owned by Eli Zickefoose. Would you happen to have any information on this once thriving business. Also wondering what the story is of this beautiful winter picture. Thank You Dave for any information you may have.

    Connie Mantz
    Medina OH

  • Dave Tabler says:

    Connie, this shot is by Earl Palmer, and it’s simply titled “Winter in Appalachia,” without giving a date or place. It’s in Virginia Tech’s Imagebase collection: www.http://imagebase.lib.vt.edu/

  • John Carter says:

    Nuzum Garlow was not the owner of the store. My grandfather owned the store and was the postmaster. His name was Clare Edwin Garlow, called C.E. by many people. His wife, my grandmother, was Montie Pearl Zickefoose Garlow, and her parents were Eli and Nettie Leigh Zicefoose. My grandparents sold the store and house to Denley Carpenter in 1971, who later sold it to Murl and Lydia.

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